Grand Marshal for 71st Liberation

Grand Marshal for the 71st Liberation Festivities Selected

July 14, 2015, The Office of the Governor, The Mayors’ Council of Guam and the Guam Liberation Historical Society are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s 71st Liberation Parade Grand Marshal.

Each year, a distinguished member of the island community is honored as the Liberation Parade Grand Marshal, a practice that has become a yearly tradition. The grand marshal typically is a survivor of World War II, one who exemplifies the years’ theme, and is the embodiment of all people – young and old alike – who carry both struggle and perseverance with them.

Paul McDonald, Chairperson of the Guam Liberation Historical Society shares, “This year the committee has chosen the theme – “The Spirit of Hope, The Colors of Freedom” – This year’s theme acknowledges the unwavering hope and prayers of the Chamorro people throughout the occupation. It also recognizes the pride and patriotism instilled in the people and the relief they felt upon seeing the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag, flowing freely over a liberated island.

MCOG Executive Director and Committee Member Angel Sablan asserts, “Together, with the Office of the Governor, the Mayors and Vice Mayors of Guam and the Guam Liberation Historical Society, we are pleased to announce and honor Mrs. Irene Perez Ploke Sgambelluri as this year’s Grand Marshal. Mrs. Sgambelluri is the epitome of those who hold many stories of hope and of survival– living through a defining period in Guam’s history and she is a part of Guam’s greatest generation.”

Grand Marshall: Mrs. Irene Perez Ploke Sgambelluri
Village: Talofofo
DOB: January 3, 1931 (84 years old)
Nominated By: Guam Liberation Historical Society, Mayor’s Council of Guam

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